Five Reasons You Want To Be at Fort Mardi Gras

Fort Mardi Gras, Fort Lauderdale’s New Orleans-inspired carnival, returns on Feb. 10 for its third year. An event sponsored by names like BIG 105.9, Shuck N Dive, Bud Light, Concrete Beach Brewery, Abita Brewing Company, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, iHeartRadio and Damn Good Hospitality usually doesn’t take much convincing. Nonetheless, if you haven’t made plans to make Fort Mardi Gras part of your carnival season, here are five reasons why you should:

The Damn Good Location

Hosted at Damn Good Hospitality venues — Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar, America’s Backyard and Revolution Live (official) to be exact — means that Fort Mardi Gras is designed with authenticity and a good time in mind. With authentic Louisiana flavored food and drinks (more on that in a bit) plus The Bazaar, an independent marketplace with regional and craft artists, plus beads and face painting stations, Fort Mardi Gras promises to provide entertainment and fun for the whole family.

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Here’s a birds-eye view of America’s Backyard…we think it’s pretty nice. But we’re kind of biased.

The Drinks

Louisiana’s drink specialties like Hurricanes, Sazeracs and Daiquiris. If mixed drinks or liquor aren’t your favorite, no sweat. We’ll also have ice cold beer such as Abita, Bud Light and more. We’re thirsty just thinking about it, honestly.

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Daiquiris…we love them. (Photo obtained through Wikmedia Commons, author V. Krontals)

The Music

It wouldn’t feel like Mardi Gras without a Krewe Stage, would it? Ours features authentic New Orleans sounds, live music and even pop-up burlesque shows. Because we name names here, expect performances from – Krewe Stage with authentic New Orleans sounds, live music and pop-up burlesque shows. Since we name names, expect to see Crazy Fingers, Bobby Lee Rodgers, The Rockin’ Jake Band and the Brass All-Stars. And remember BIG 105.9? Doc Reno, king of Fort Mardi Gras, will be back and ready for action.

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Presenting: Crazy Fingers, no stranger to rocking the house.

The Food

Fort Mardi Gras is a way to celebrate Mardi Gras and it’s hometown, New Orleans, so it only seems right that Shuck N Dive will fly in 1,000 pounds of crawfish boil and Fort Mardi Gras will be packed with Louisiana oysters. But there’s no way we could stop there. We’ll also have all your soulful favorites and local Cajun and Creole staples like gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans & rice. That’s right, all provided by Shuck N Dive. Talk about coming in clutch.

In the spirit of good fun and friendly competition, count on a Crawfish Chow Down and Oyster Eating Contests. Did you say yum or did we just imagine that?

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Shuck N Dive serves Cajun on the daily.

The After Party

Unfortunately, all great things have to come to an end…but not without an after party. For us, that after party comes with FUSIK, South Florida’s funk band, who plans to rock the house Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar. A perfect way to close out what promises to be an incredible experience.

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It doesn’t get much funkier than FUSIK.

It all starts at 4 p.m. You can learn more about Fort Mardi Gras through the Facebook event page, by visiting the Fort Mardi Gras website or by contacting America’s Backyard.